Song of the Day, April 27: A Change of Heart by Gerry Rafferty

RaffertySleepChangeToday’s song sees an established artist finding new energy. After his breakthrough album City to City, Gerry Rafferty recorded a couple of decent soundalikes but grew increasingly disenchanted. He regrouped for 1982’s Sleepwalking, one of his finest moments. Fans were startled by the electronic keyboards and occasional drum machine, but Rafferty made these tools his own. Sticking with his folk-pop roots, he built a song cycle on alienation — and possible redemption. A Change of Heart is one of the standout tracks. Soaring and determined, it starts strong with a keyboard fanfare and gradually builds in intensity. Smartly layered and beautifully sung, it’s anchored by the demand not to let “this cold world tear you apart.”

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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